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this is the headquarters of the army's secretive unit number 61398, where, according to the new report today by the mandiant security firm, english-speaking computer experts spend their days stealing secrets from u.s. companies and hacking into government sites. >> this is an espionage operation run by the chinese people's liberation army and it's targeting a broad swath of western organizations. >> reporter: among the most troubling targets, american infrastructure sites, including water treatment plants, transportation control centers, pipelines and power grids. >> the only reason you would want to get into the control system for the power grid is to cause damage, destruction and disruption. >> reporter: among the many corporate targets of the chinese hackers, according to u.s. officials, lockheed martin, the country's largest defense contractor and the maker of the f-35 jet fighter. u.s. officials say, not surprisingly, the chinese version of the plane has some distinct similarities.
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>> it's costing, according to u.s. intelligence, hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of u.s. jobs every year. >> reporter: the white house today confirmed the severity, although not the details, of the chinese cyber espionage. >> we have repeatedly raised our concerns at the highest levels about cyber theft with senior chinese officials. >> reporter: but china remains in denial, according to abc's gloria riviera in beijing. >> reporter: today in china, the defense ministry denied any wrong doing, saying the military has never supported any form of hacking activity. but when a bbc news team tried to film the building outside shanghai, military personnel confiscated the footage. >> reporter: of course, the u.s. is believed to be doing its own cyber attacks on iran and its nuclear program, but officials say that is different than the economic espionage china is conducting. and president obama has now ordered government agencies to help american companies spot and deter hackers from that secret army building in shanghai,
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diane. >> all right, brian ross, thank you. and now, to the deepening mystery in the murder case against olympic hero oscar today, we saw dueling images. the once beloved athlete in court, hearing the charges against him. solemn, sober. while 700 miles away, there was a memorial for his girlfriend. tonight, two contradictory versions of what happened, and abc's bazi kanani takes us through both. >> reporter: in reeva steenkamp's hometown, her family gathered to say good-bye. >> there's only one thing missing, it's reeva. >> reporter: today, pistorius explained for the first time his version of events on that valentine's day. they were both sleeping, pistorius said, when he woke up and went onto the balcony when he heard a noise in the bathroom. in the pitch dark, he grabbed his gun and rushed into the bathroom, noticed an open window and thought an intruder was hiding in the toilet room. "i knew i had to protect reeva and myself," he wrote.
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he says he yelled for her to call police. and while still without prosthetics, he fired shots through the locked door, making what he says was a fatal mistake. >> forensic experts are looking at a number of things in this particular case. they will take trajectories to determine the height of the shooter. >> reporter: ballistics will show if he was firing from a low angle, or if he was at that time much taller, wearing his prosthetics. the prosecution believes if they can show he was wearing prosthetics, they can disprove his statement and argue premeditation. prosecutors believe the couple fought that night. "she locked the door for a purpose," said the lead prosecutor. suggesting steenkamp fled into the bathroom to protect herself. pistorius disputes this, saying they were deeply in love. and when he realized she was not in bed, he screamed for help, put on his prosthetic legs to kick open the door, only to have her die in his arms. the court will decide within the next couple of days whether to
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grant bail. there was a dramatic moment in court today when pistorius started sobbing uncontrollably while recalling that reeva gave him a valentine's day gift that night, but asked him not to open it until the next day. diane? >> all right, from south africa, bazi kanani reporting in. thank you, bazi. and back here at home, the president came out swinging today about the effect on american families when the budget axe falls in less than two weeks. $85 billion across the board cuts, that sequester. and the president likened it to a meat cleaver. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: today, the president brought firefighters and cops to the white house to warn that emergency workers will be among the first to go, if those across the board spending cuts are allowed to happen. >> we've got these automatic brutal spending cuts that are poised to happen next friday. they will hurt our economy, they will add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment rolls. this is not an abstraction.
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people will lose their jobs. >> reporter: and we now face cuts of $85 billion in one fell swoop. that's less than 3% of the budget, but the white house says virtually everybody will be hurt and will see long lines as tsa agents are furloughed, 1,000 fbi and other law enforcement agents forced off the job and 70,000 preschoolers dropped from the head start program. you'd think that would prompt emergency meetings between congress and the white house, but you'd be wrong. has the president had a single face-to-face meeting with the republican leaders since january 1st about averting these spending cuts? >> i don't have any meetings to read out to you. again, we don't report every meeting, every conversation. >> reporter: in fact, the answer, according to sources on both sides, is that there have been no meetings between the president and republican leaders -- not one. and now virtually everybody agrees that these cuts are almost certain to go into effect in just ten days. diane? >> counting down. thank you so much, jon karl. and also in washington today, general john allen
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announced he's retiring. he will not be the next head of nato. allen had been ensnared in the general petraeus scandal, you'll remember, writing e-mails with a socialite in florida. though, he was cleared of any wrongdoing. allen says he is retiring because of family health issues. and overseas now to syria, with abc's terry moran, who made his way into the heart of the capital, damascus, as rebels are trying to close in. and tonight, terry shows us the new normal there. mortars exploding near the presidential palace. terry? >> reporter: diane, life in this city under siege is surreal. it's traffic jams and business deals still getting done while artillery fire and bombing raids punctuate the air. everything covered in a blanket of dread. people here in downtown damascus, they're still trying to carry on. but the war stalks them, edging ever closer. this evening, smoke billowed from a strike on the outskirts of the downtown. the suburbs are the
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battleground -- for now. so, this is the first one? earlier, at a hospital in the christian quarter of town, we were shown some light damage from a couple of primitive mortars fired by rebels. it's another stop on this trip where we have been granted visas by the government of president bashar assad to tell their side of the story in this brutal civil war. as we talked to witnesses -- and you hear this boom, boom, boom, all the time? they hardly notice anymore. but it takes its toll. they all know it could be so much worse. in the damascus suburb of daraya, government air strikes have reduced much of the place to rubble. as they have in the northern city of aleppo, where they were pulling more bodies from the wreckage. but all sides suffer in this war. this afternoon, we went to a wake for a beloved local politician in damascus. he was kidnapped and burned to
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death in his car by jihadist rebels who claimed credit on the internet, we were told. "there was almost nothing left of him," his brother told us, "but his bones." and late today, rebel mortar fire landed near one of bashar assad's palaces. that's a first. no deaths or much damage. but you look in the eyes of so many people here, you see a different kind of wound. the fear is real. fear of what tomorrow may bring to damascus. >> terry moran reporting in from syria. and tonight, the international guessing game about the new pope is taking an unexpected turn. just ten days now until pope benedict steps down. and the common assumption has always been there will never be an american pope. but it's changing. do we have the candidate now who just might do it? abc's david wright tells us. >> reporter: cardinal sean o'malley is a prince of the church who lives like a pauper. even his clothes set him apart from the other men in red.
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"cardinal sean," as he likes to be called, never your eminence, wears the simple brown robes of a monk, tied with a rope. plus sandals, even during winter in boston. >> he's a holy man. a man of simplicity. and wouldn't that be a lovely thing to have in a pope? >> reporter: the boston archdiocese he inherited was badly tainted by the church sexual abuse scandal. o'malley sold off the cardinal's residence to pay the victims and moved into a single room near the cathedral. he put the victims first. the church has not always been so responsive. >> any new pope is going to have to look at that issue and speak to it. >> reporter: here in rome, there's long been an unwritten rule -- no pope from a superpower. but vatican watchers say times have changed. >> i think people realize that, you know, a cardinal from the united states is not necessarily going to represent u.s. political interest. so, i think there's more openness to it. >> reporter: o'malley is one of two american names being floated. the other? new york's cardinal timothy dolan, who scoffed at the idea when diane recently asked him. >> what about you?
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>> is this abc evening news or comedy central? what is -- you are -- >> reporter: and o'malley isn't holding his breath either. >> i haven't lost any sleep about it, and i have -- i have bought a round trip ticket, so, i'm counting on coming home. >> reporter: in boston, it would be the religious equivalent of the red sox beating the yankees. >> we always like boston over new york. >> i'm sure boston will represent the vatican very well. >> it will be interesting to see how it plays out. >> reporter: in fact, both americans are long shots. popes tend to be from europe. specifically italy. the last time the conclave chose a non-european was 1,000 years before columbus set sail for america. diane? >> okay, thank you so much, david wright reporting in from rome tonight. tonight, southern california is reeling from a shooting spree. police say a 20-year-old student first shot a young woman and then killed two commuters in two separate car jackings today. he forced one of the drivers to get out of the car at a stop sign, then shot him on the curb
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in front of witnesses. it all happened in less than an hour and across 25 miles in orange county. and as the police closed in on him, the 20-year-old shot himself. still ahead on "world news," eight robbers rush this plane and make off with $50 million in diamonds in five minutes? the international manhunt, tonight. so you say men are superior drivers?
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tonight, the police are stunned that eight professional robbers could swoop in on a passenger plane parked at an airport and make off with $50 million of diamonds in five minutes. how did they do it? and who are they? abc's dan harris tonight on the big job. >> reporter: this diamond heist is being called spectacular, daring and clinical. something straight out of "ocean's 13." it was 7:47 p.m. at the airport in brussels. passengers had already boarded this swiss jet. the precious cargo being loaded down below. what they couldn't see? two black vans had broken through a security fence. they raced across the tarmac, flashing blue lights, like cops. the eight robbers, wearing camouflage masks, dark police clothing and even, reportedly, the arm bands used by airport security, whipped out machine guns. in just three minutes, they grabbed the diamonds from the cargo hold. it took them only two more
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minutes to speed off through the exact same hole in that fence. it was all over in barely five minutes. >> so, this was a very quick hit and run. very well organized. there has been no shooting. there were no injuries. >> reporter: police later found a burned-out vehicle they believe was used in the heist. suspicion will immediately fall on international rings who have carried out brazen broad daylight smash and grab jobs and even raided this mall on motorcycles. from an investigator's perspective, what is your view of this crime? >> sometimes the hound dog has to compliment the fox. sometimes the detective has to tip his hat to the thieves. >> reporter: former nypd investigator nick casale says the thieves may have had military training -- and almost certainly had inside help. today, we went to new york's diamond district with casale and rob zoland, a dealer. is it possible to unload $50 million worth of diamonds? can you find buyers for that? >> probably without -- without raising suspicion, i would say
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finally tonight, there's a new book about the secrets of a dynamic, loving family. a team, like the winning teams in business, even the special forces. and it turns out, simple little things can make all the difference. abc's juju chang decided to put it to the test. >> one, two, three -- >> reporter: think of it this way. you're not a family. you're a team. trying to power up every single member. i'll tell you the lesson i learned with my three boys and a special ops commando. ay yi yi. >> get your legs straight! get your legs straight! >> reporter: thanks to best-selling author bruce feiler, who asked high-powered sources to help fix the problems we all face in our modern families. >> excellent. take a bow, take a bow. i felt like, as a parent, we were just struck. we were lost. the shrinks, the self-help gurus, the family experts -- those ideas were really stale. >> reporter: harvard conflict negotiators say you have to
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fight fair, and you can't have a team without a sense of mission, so hold family meetings, and really listen. >> what didn't work so well with our family this week? >> overreacting. >> reporter: and prepare to be surprised. what bothers families the most? how stressed out and tired today's parents are. >> daddy yelling! >> reporter: in listening to my own children, i learned their favorite times were not action-packed ski weekends, but those quiet moments when we're just goofing around. and what about money? again, why not go to the top? feiler asked warren buffett's bankers about giving an allowance. the number one thing, they say? don't tie money to doing chores. chores are what we do to take care of each other. not to get paid. in fact, study after study shows all of us are more motivated by pulling for the team than by money. just ask the green berets. >> the team is only as fast as the slowest person. >> reporter: they say top down management doesn't produce as big a win as making everyone part of the plan. our plan? a mock drill. ready for this mission? ready for this mission?
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that means team leader, me, should listen to the rank and file. >> i think we should have the slowest person up front and then the fastest person in the back. >> reporter: oh, good idea. >> your son felt confident enough to say, "no, i want to do it a different way." and, by the way, he had a really good plan. >> if you can accomplish that kind of teamwork, you can do anything. >> reporter: now, that is mission accomplished. juju chang, abc news, new york. >> nicely said, travis. and you can see more of juju's reporting tonight on "nightline." and don't forget, robin roberts, back at the anchor desk tomorrow morning on "gma." celebrate with all of us tomorrow morning and i'll see you back here again tomorrow night. good night. we are live in the elements
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tonight after a quick moving storm leaves piles of snow on the bay area's highest hill tops. will there will be more overnight? >> i'm spencer christian to show you where and rain and snow is falling right now and two trngdz i'll give you a closer look in just a moment. >> i'm dan ashley and exclusive from a white house and woman having sex with teenagers is back in jail. i-team reports that her daughter is under investigation, as well. yes, that is snow plow you see clearing the way for drivers as at 12,000 foot level of santa cruz mountains. we got a good dusting today. i'm larry beil in for dan ashley who is on assignment in washington tonight. >> i'm carolyn johnson. a wintry combination of wet
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weather and unusually chilly temperatures produced several inches of snowfall today. take a look at the conditions on mount hamilton. sky7hd managed to fly over once this afternoon but the road to the lick observatory remains closed. here is what we found when we set a crew to mount diablo. the state park's parking lot is covered with several inches of freshly covered snow. david, let's start with you in the snow in the santa cruz mountains. >> you can see there is still snow on the ground at the intersection of highway 90 and 35 at the vista point. the real cell came down several hours ago when today's storm raked the bay area and left elevations above 32,000-foot feet in a blanket of white. >> he has never seen snow
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before. >> what do you think of the snow? >> do you know what this is? >> she was more excited that her two-year-old son. >> this is unexpected. anybody really knew was going to be like this. i heard we might get a dusting but this is sitting on the ground. >> reporter: starting at 11:00. the snow came down it blanketed everything. it became a major attraction for people that took off of work to see the rare sight. isaac wasn't sure what to make of the white stuff falling from the sky. his face showed joy a couple times. isaac wasn't getting in the spirit. >> is this snow? >> looks like it. it's snowing pretty heavy. >> this is not just a does contingent? >> this is really nice. couple times a year it does this up here. >> you have to come and


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